Archive of Selected Press

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Archive of Selected Press


High Desert Destinations: Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley have a Lot to Offer Lovers of Visual Arts, Stephen Berger, CV Independent, May 23, 2019

The Double Ephemeral, Susan Myrland, Palm Springs Life, April 30, 2019

Soul of a Nation at The Broad, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Art Talk. KCRW, March 21, 2019

Review: Searing moments of American truths in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2019

The Noah Purifoy Foundation, Joe Lewis, The Brooklyn Rail, December 11, 2018

Tilton Gallery opens Noah Purifoy’s first solo exhibition on the East Coast, artdailly, September 25, 2018

Finding beauty in detritus in the Mojave Desert, Mike McPhate, The California Sun, April 10, 2018

A Groundbreaking Show Presents a New, Inclusive Vision of American Art, Roberta Smith, New York Times, February 15, 2018

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Elizabeth Fullerton, Art in America, August 14, 2017

What Would Noah Purifoy do?, Kristin Scharkey, The Desert Sun, June 1, 2017

The Story of the Philosopher-Artist of L.A., Kellie Jones, Literary Hub, May 25, 2017

66 Signs of Noah: Purifoy’s Forms, Rodney Koeneke, Poetry Foundation , April 2017

Take A  Photo Tour of of a Junk Dada Electronic Wasteland in the Desert, Naomi Melati Bishop, Motherboard, June 15, 2016

A Desert Museum's Ode to Black Assemblage Art, Antwaun Sargent, The Creators Project, May 3, 2016

Material Communications: Noah Purifoy at LACMA, Katie Grinnan, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spring 2016

Noah Purifoy Exhibit Showcases a Great Artist, Steven Rosen, CityBeat, March 23, 2016

Dada: 100 Years LaterTony Perrottet, Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2016

Noah in the Desert, Volker M. Welter, Berfrois, January 15, 2016

Museums, Galleries Have Big 2016 PlansSteven Rosen, CityBeat, January 13, 2016

The Re-tech of Noah Purifoy: an overture in detritus, K. Bradford,, 2015

24 Fragments of Purifoy, Tom Leeser,, 2015

Junk Dada: The Stories Behind Noah Purifoy’s Joshua Tree Sculptures, Tanja M. Laden, Artbound, KCET, 2015 (Winner: Radio & Television News Association of Southern California Golden Mike Award 2016)

Review: ‘Hard Edged’ art at African American Museum of Art widens perception of black artists’ work, Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2015

A Retrospective - Noah Purifoy: Storytelling through Junk,  Nan Collymore, Contemporary And, September 11, 2015

Noah Purifoy, an artist forged by fire, Caroline Miranda, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015

Critic’s Notebook – Noah Purifoy’s smoldering work of art, ‘Watts Riot,’ is a powerful reminder on the 50th anniversary, Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015

Noah Purifoy’s Junk Dada: From the Watts Riots to Joshua Tree, Jerry Gorin, Los Angeles Review of Books, August 12, 2015

Purifoy’s Joshua Tree works exhibited at LA County Museum of Art, Julie Alsadi, Hi-Desert Star, August 12, 2015

Review: Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, Megan Abrahams, ArtPulse, number 24, 2015

Noah Purifoy and Fierce Landscapes, Stacey Ravel Abarbanel, The Family Savvy, August 4, 2015

The reconsideration of Noah Purifoy’s junk Art, Cooper Copeland, Campus Circle, August 2, 2015

Noah Purifoy: Joshua Tree Art on the Miracle Mile, Alysia Gray Painter, NBC4News, July 30, 2015

The Art of Unrest: The Political Undertones of Noah Purifoy and Mark Bradford, Anuradha Vikram, Artbound, KCET, July 21, 2015

Noah Purifoy and Larry Sultan at LACMA, Iris Schneider, LAObserved, July 3, 2015

Noah Purifoy, Naima J. Keith, Art Ltd., July 2015

The Modern Art Notes Podcast, episode number 190, Tyler Green, June 24, 2015

Noah Purifoy’s Sophisticated Assemblage, Scarlet Cheng, Artbound, KCET, June 24, 2015

Noah Purifoy’s “Junk Dada” Is an Art Show for the Post-Ferguson World, Julia Felsenthal, Vogue Magazine, June 10, 2015

Review: 'Junk Dada' assembles Noah Purifoy's pivotal, overlooked works, Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2015

The Unknown Purifoy, William Poundstone, Blouin Art Info Blogs, June 7, 2015

Noah Purifoy, Madeleine Brand, KCRW Press Play with Madeleine Brand, June 5, 2015

No Contest, Douglas Messerli, Art Là Bas, June 5, 2015

Preview: Noah Purifoy at LACMA, Shelley Holcomb, Curate LA June 4, 2015

Noah Purifoy: dystopian Dadaism from riot-torn LA to Joshua Tree still resonates, Adam Elder, The Guardian, May 29, 2015

 Vote: Rafa Esparza’s Con/Safos Project vs. Noah Purifoy’s Sculptural Works – Purifoy is People’s ChoiceArtbound, KCET, March 17, 2015

Survey of Outsider Artists Challenges the Meaning of "Outsider Art", Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, February 27, 2014

Show 7: The Desert II, On Topic, July 7, 2013

PST, A to Z: "Civic Virtue" at LA Municipal Art Gallery and Watts Towers Arts Center, Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2012

A New Pin on the Art Map, Roberta Smith, The New York Times, November 10, 2011

Laying Claim to Its Place in the Sun, Peter Plagens, The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2011

Review: "Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970", Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2011

Lesser-known artists are poised for a breakthrough, Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2011

The "Human Nature" of tastes in art, Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2011

Make Art Not War: Watts and the Junk Art Conversation, Cameron Shaw, East of Borneo, November 22, 2010

A Life From a South Farm Town to Watts, in Cast Off Objects, Holland Cotter, The New York Times, May 13, 2009

Unearthing Lost Treasures in California, Jori Finkel, The New York Times, March 13, 2010

Art Blooms in the California Desert, Julia Chaplin, The New York Times, April 21, 2007

Reading Fragments from an Incendiary Time, Holland Lotter, The New York Times,  November 14, 2006


Please note that this is a selective bibliography. Scholars may request a complete CV and bibliography by contacting the Foundation.